NOAA Heritage Program Project Announcement!
Since 2005, the NOAA Heritage Program has funded dozens of small projects led by NOAA staff from around the country. They have ranged from creating visualizations of NOAA data for outreach, interpreting NOAA’s historic and cultural resources, and capturing oral histories of NOAA employees and its constituents. We used this unique funding opportunity to highlight the history of NOAA/NWS in the Florida Keys (a history that dates back to the mid 1800s) and showcase NOAA’s technological advancements, as well as significant events in Keys’ history.
As our office remains closed to tours, we created an online StoryMap to accompany the project, as well as a project website. This web-based component not only allowed us to add more details and photographs to some of the events on the timeline, but it will also help us reach out to a larger audience while continuing to socially distance. As soon as it is safe and practical, we can’t wait to have you visit the office and check it out. In the meantime, attached are a couple photos of the project. You are more than welcome to share these links with anyone you think might be interested!
Last, but not least, we’d like to acknowledge our partners for this project:
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Monroe County Emergency Management
Monroe County Public Library
Florida Keys History and Discovery Center
It was truly a group effort, and we can’t thank everyone enough for helping bring this project to fruition.
The NOAA Heritage Project’s Florida Keys National Weather Service Forecast Office Project Team:
Kennard “Chip” Kasper